Friday, March 5, 2010

more from dillard

"One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things will fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impluse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes." (The Writing Life, pg.78-9)

I think this could quite-well be very insightful advice for living. It carries over to other dimensions of life: Spiritually, relationally, (probably not the best idea with actual finances..), etc. Score one more for Annie. Why not put our hearts into what we do? It only makes sense. We're really only here for a short while.

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